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Old 08-02-12, 12:53 AM   #1
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Looking for 26" tire recommendations

I'm looking for a good 26" tire for brevets, ideally folding-bead to reduce weight and so I can keep a spare in my handlebar bag.

I've been riding on 26x1.25" Panaracer RiBiMos; they're okay, though they seem to have worn out pretty quickly (at least as compared to the 700c Marathons that I ran on my previous bike). Stuff that I can find readily available seems to be:

Panaracer RiBiMo, 26x1.25"
Panaracer Pasela, 26x1.25"
Panaracer T-Serv, 26x1.25"
Schwalbe Kojak, 26x1.35"
Schwalbe Marathon Racer, 26x1.5" (seems wide?)
Schwalbe Marathon Plus, 26x1.35" (wire-bead only, and crazy heavy)
Specialized FatBoy, 26x1.25 (kind of hard to find)

Anyone have any opinions on these?

Other good options that I'm missing?

Thanks.
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Old 08-02-12, 07:06 AM   #2
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If you can fit them, there's also the Compass 26x1.75. 440 g isn't bad for a tire that wide and people generally seem to love the various tires offered by Compass.
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Old 08-02-12, 07:39 AM   #3
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I've used the Kojak and Marathon Racer on your list. The Racers are a bit overkill for most roads, IMO. I use Kojaks for rando. Fast rolling and pretty durable. It's been theorized that the only difference between these two tires is size, rubber thickness, and tread pattern - that they have the same casing construction. The Racer just has more of everything and so that puts it further to the more durable but slower side of things.
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